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Director's Cup Update
by Chris Coleman,

Ever since Virginia Tech began competing in the ACC in all sports, the Hokies have faced new challenges in the Olympic sports. Before the new conference membership, Tech was known simply as a football school that didn't have much success on the other playing fields. That has changed somewhat in the last few years, and at this point the Hokies are higher in the Directors' Cup standings than they've ever been.

The Directors' Cup is given each year to the school that is most successful in all sports. Points are awarded based on the finishes of each team and each school. It's not a perfect system. Sports like fencing and men's and women's ice hockey are included, and very few schools actually field varsity teams in those sports. However, overall it's a good indication of an athletic department's overall competitiveness.

Virginia Tech competitiveness has improved since they joined the ACC for the 2004-05 competition.

Directors' Cup Final Standings
for Virginia Tech
Year Points Rank


141.5 90


81.5 129


147.5 91


152 92


70 96


90 86


260.5 63


278.5 63


168 105


157 112


218 79


331.5 58


430.75 45

Virginia Tech's final ranking has gone up each of the last three years. That goes hand-in-hand with joining the ACC. The Hokies have recruited some excellent non-revenue sport athletes since their admission to the ACC. Do you think players like Patrick Nyarko (soccer), or softball phenom Angela Tincher would be at Virginia Tech without the competition draw of the ACC? Probably not.

As a result of drawing better athletes to Blacksburg, Virginia Tech has seen rapid growth in their non-revenue programs. Despite facing much better competition than before, the Hokies are catching up to the field.

Tech's Directors' Cup standing continues to get better this academic year. Here is a look at how the ACC stands at the national level. All points and rankings were last updated on April 5th.

Updated ACC Directors' Cup Standings
School Points National Rank


606 5


509.5 13


485.5 16

Florida State

484 17

Wake Forest

388 23


387.5 25

Virginia Tech

286.5 40

Boston College

260 43


259 44


208 58

NC State

207 60

Georgia Tech

192.5 65

Right now the Hokies are running in the middle of the pack in the ACC, but they are up five spots nationally from where they finished last season. There will be another round of scoring with the completion of the spring sports.

In the last scoring period, schools were scored in 12 different sports. Virginia Tech fields varsity teams for seven of those sports, and five of them scored points. Men's basketball (50 points), women's swimming (52), women's track and field (42.5), men's track and field (10) and wrestling (13) were the top winter sports at Virginia Tech. Of the seven sports in which the Hokies competed, only women's basketball and men's swimming did not score.

The other sports included in the last scoring session were fencing, men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, rifle and skiing. Tech does not compete in those sports.

The Hokies have a good chance to pick up some more points this spring. The Virginia Tech men's golf team recently shared the ACC Championship with Georgia Tech, and the women's track and field team won the ACC Outdoor Championship outright. Also, the Tech softball team is currently first in the ACC and will be heading for the NCAA tournament for the third straight year.

It's probably still unfair to compare Virginia Tech to the rest of the ACC in all sports. Because the Hokies have shuffled from conference to conference in the last 50 years, they've never really had a home. It's probably best to compare Tech to the other two new ACC schools, Boston College and Miami.

As you can see in the table above, Virginia Tech is one spot ahead of BC in the standings. That gap will probably widen this spring. The Eagles didn't score a single point in spring sports last year. Miami is near the bottom of the league at 58th nationally. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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Three ACC Offers for Marcus Davis

April 27, 2007
Marcus Davis' recruitment is picking up week by week, as the Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) junior recently tripled his scholarship offer total. This could just be the beginning of bigger things to come for Davis, a gifted physical talent.

Checking in on Will Alvarez
April 26, 2007
One of the few remaining questions in Virginia Tech's 2007 recruiting class is if Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) standout offensive tackle Will Alvarez will be in Blacksburg this summer. There still is not clear cut answer according to Hylton head coach Lou Sorrentino, who provided the latest on the 6-5, 315-pound recruit.

2007 VT NFL Draft Preview
April 25, 2007
Last year, the Hokies had a school-record nine players drafted by the NFL. Virginia Tech names won't be quite so plentiful in the draft this year, but the Hokies do have a few players with draft potential, as well as a few others who could get taken on the free agent market. Here's a rundown of Hokies who hope to hear their names called this weekend.

Gregory Performs Well at Virginia Beach Combine
April 25, 2007
At yesterday's Virginia Beach combine, First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) junior Tony Gregory showed why he has earned a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech. The 5-11, 185-pound running back recruit performed very well in the 40-yard dash, displaying the speed that enabled him to average 7 yards per carry and 31 yards per kick-return last season as a junior.

Spring Football Awards
April 24, 2007
Although the Hokies only got in 11 practices this spring, the coaching staff still handed out their annual spring football awards over the weekend (announced on A total of seven different awards were handed out to 14 different players. Some winners were obvious, and others might surprise you.

Early Playing Time for DeChristopher?
April 24, 2007
At last week's Norfolk combine, I bumped into Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) head coach Sean O'Hare. It was then that Coach O'Hare mentioned that there is a possibility his former star offensive tackle, Blake DeChristopher, could see playing time as a true freshman at Virginia Tech this upcoming season.

In-State Schools Battle for Ruff
April 24, 2007
Norview (Norfolk, VA) star Klinton "Buddy" Ruff was able to visit Virginia and Virginia Tech this spring, something significant since these are the only programs to extend written scholarship offers so far. Ruff very much enjoyed his visit for a Virginia Tech spring practice and he seems to have enjoyed his trip to UVa's Spring Game on April 21st.

2007 Spring Football Wrapup: The Defense
April 23, 2007
There were question marks on Virginia Tech's defense heading into Spring Practice, although not quite as many as on the offensive side of the ball. Judging from the performances of the past three years, people are expecting Bud Foster to just plug new players in to replace those departed, and still have one of the top defenses in the country. It looks like that's what's going to happen.

Painter Talks Tech Visit
April 23, 2007
6-6, 315-pound Vinston Painter tripped to Virginia Tech on Friday, April 13th, for a spring practice. was able to catch up with the talented junior to discuss the experience, which went well.

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